Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Cookie Exchange & Gift Wrap Ideas

My friend Marina and I hosted a cookie exchange and gift wrap idea party on Tuesday.
For brunch, I made egg nog french toast with apple-cranberry compote and Marina made this amazing spinach quiche with puff pastry.
We also offered our guests speciality coffee drinks such as
Angel Mochas and Snowflake Lattes.

We showed our guests how you can wrap beautiful packages and not spend a fortune. This ribbon and glittered bell I got at the dollar store. The bell came in a pack of 4. So Festive!
I love wrapping with tulle! The fairy ornament adds that special magical touch.
This package is wrapped with vintage wallpaper and a vintage Christmas pick.
It is really sparkly-you just can't tell form the picture.
My friend, Suzie, called it "the Sound of Music present" because it reminded her of the drapes that the von Trapp children's clothes were made out of.
This little bird was 60% off and cost $1. He sits upon a fanned nest made out of a paper grocery bag.
I wrapped this gift in silk taffeta that I found in my fabric pile. The tag is made out of vintage sheet music with a touch of gold glitter.
This package is done in all different types of white ribbon. The ornament was $3 at a discount store and the glossy white paper is from the dollar store.
After the gift wrap ideas presentation, we invited our guests to make their own custom gift tags. We precut different shapes out of vintage sheet music and scrapbooking paper, gave them glue and glitter and let them be creative!

Next, we had our cookie swap! Each guest brought 8 dozen and went home with 100 cookies!
Suzie provided the lovely plates.

Suzanne and Marina played some Christmas songs on my piano.
Everyone said that they were so inspired by our ideas and immediately went home to wrap gorgeous gifts. I hope I have done the same for you. Now go, spread cheer!


Polka Dot Moon said...

Now I'm totally hungry!! What a wonderful idea! Love your packages! They all are so pretty and festive :)

Pink Slippers said...

What fun it would be to be your friend and neighbor. Have a Merry Christmas!

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Oh Donna, you have so much fun! Memories made forever with friends! Everything is beautiful as usually dear!

Merry Christmas!


Paris Rags Romance said...

Beautiful wrapping ideas, your blog is a new found treasure! Hugs,Kimberly

Cottage Rose said...

Hello Donna; I am very inspired now I love all the ideas you had on wrapping gifts. So tomorrow I am going to try a few wish me luck..

Merry Christmas. Oh and the cookies look so yummy, what a fun day you all had...


The Wrought Iron Gate said...

I have a little princess in my life that would love to receive a gift wrapped in pink tulle with a pink fairy on top. Can't wait to use that sweet idea.
Peace and Joy
Kay Flynn-The Wrought Iron Gate

Anonymous said...

Fabulous party idea! I featured you on Tip Junkie today. Thanks for the inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Donna, I'm Holly! Oh my! Wish I could have been at your party! What a wonderful girly girl you are! :> Thanks for showing us those pretty packages.

~ Hearts ~

The Muse said...

Gosh, what a fun time!
(can a Muse get jealous?) LOL

Kim said...

I'm hosting a gift wrap & cookie exchange party and loved your coffee bar. Where did you find your recipes?